Kitchen safety tips
Make cooking fun!
Make cooking fun and your children will be begging you to help in the kitchen.
Make cooking a chore, and your children will run for cover the moment you mention it’s time to cook. The same applies when you get your children to help out with the everyday duties of running the household – like emptying the dishwasher or laying the table – make it fun and your kids will be happy to join in .
Either way, your children need to understand the importance of kitchen safety and safe cooking.
Kitchen Safety Tips:
1. Always supervise young children. Never let your child cook alone.
2. Develop patience. Your children will make fewer mistakes when they are enjoying the process, don’t shout at them as they learn
3. Handle kitchen products properly. Don’t assume your children will know what to do with kitchen products just by watching you in the kitchen. Take the time to explain how each product works, as it’s needed for each recipe.
4. Understand fire safety. Explain what to do in case of a fire.
5. Wear short sleeves. Long sleeves have a chance of catching fire or falling into hot grease or boiling water.
6. Wear an apron. Aprons help protect clothes and add extra padding in case of spilt hot water, splattered oil, etc.
7. Use oven mitts. Never use a towel to move hot pans because the loose parts of the towel can fall onto a hot burner and catch on fire. Oven mitts are safer because they help your children hold onto the handle of a hot pan more securely.
8. Wash your hands. Hands carry germs and can contaminate food.
9. Keep pan handles facing in and over countertops. Pan handles should never extend over the hot stove and definitely not out towards the floor where someone could bump the handle and spill a pot of hot food on him.
10. Never leave food unattended. Unwatched pots can spill over causing fires and other kitchen hazards.
11. Clean up spills. Serious injuries occur when others slip and fall because of wet floors or foreign objects, so make sure your children understand the importance of cleaning up a spill as it occurs. (Always have a mop or rag handy.)
12. Speed clean ups. Teach your children to clean while they wait for the next stage in preparing the food (i.e. water boils, soup simmers, etc.).
13. Never eat raw meats or poultry. Raw poultry can lead to food poisoning (i.e. salmonella).
14. Wash surfaces where raw meats and poultry touched. Surfaces touched by raw meat should be cleaned before placing another food product on that surface to prevent cross contamination.
15. Keep raw food separate from cooked food. Never place cooked food back on a plate that once contained raw food.
16. Metal and microwaves don’t mix. Any object that contains metal or aluminum should not be placed into a microwave because doing so could cause a fire.
And finally, listen to your children. We all like to cook what we like to eat and so it is important that children learn to enjoy cooking healthy foods that they think are tasty. Also that they learn the importance and joy of cooking foods for others that may not always be to their sole taste.